New Protections for Workers and Families..

New Protections for Workers and Families…


The worker’s rights movement did not wait for congress to act-Our coalitions, led by the California labor movement, many faith-rooted allies and many advocacy groups,  won major new protections for workers and their families, especially for immigrants. Pueblo De Fe Unido with your support worked hard for this list of victories within that broad coalition. Here are some laws new on the books, passed by the legislature and signed by governor Jerry Brown. Now we must struggle to educate people about these protections and resist the forces that will try to block and defeat enforcement. 

  •  Assembly Bill 10 (“AB 10”) increases the minimum wage from $8 to $9 an hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $10 an hour as of January 1, 2016. This marks the first increase to California’s minimum wage law since 2008. For workers required to supply their own tools, minimum wage from $16 now to $18 in 2014 and $20 in 2016.
  •  AB 4 , the Trust Act, prohibits state and local law enforcement from detaining people for the purpose of  delivering them to federal “ICE” immigration detention unless they have committed serious crimes.
  •  AB 60  will allow undocumented Californians to apply for a driver’s license starting in 2016.
  • AB 241 requires that domestic workers be paid overtime (one and a half times regular hourly pay for every hour after 9 in a day or 45 in a week.)
  •  AB 263 prohibits employers to use immigration-related threats and document re-checks to retaliate against workers for exercising their rights. The penalties include $10,000 fines and the possibility a court will suspend the offender’s business license.
  •  AB 524 defines turning a person in to immigration authorities in order to get away with wage theft as criminal extortion.   
  •  SB 666 prohibits employers or lawyers  from threats of reporting immigration status of a worker or family member in retaliation for the worker exercising labor rights or in retaliation for testifying before any public body. 
  • Senate Bill  435  (“SB 435”) Requires paid “recovery periods” to cool down from extreme heat stress.  
  •  AB 1195 Allows every crime victim to access the police report, regardless of immigration status.
  •  AB 35 prevents unqualified unaccredited persons from charging fees for filing an application for deferred action (for dreamers) and AB 1159 prevents immigration lawyers and consultants from charging for services related to the immigration reform proposals  that are not yet law.
  • SB 141 allows US citizen children, living abroad because a parent was deported from California, to gain eligibility for in-state tuition.
  • SB 150 Allows some high school students to pay in-state tuition while attending community college classes.

Meanwhile there is so much more legislative work to do on comprehensive immigration reform and so much more, but let us celebrate and implement these victories.


Walmart: Stop Retaliation, Do Right in Our Neighborhoods!

Walmart has fired or disciplined 60 workers who’ve exercised their legally-protected right to speak up for better treatment. Walmart workers and allies have spent a month asking Walmart to reinstate fired workers and reverse disciplinary action, with no response. 

At the same time, Walmart is trying to enter Los Angeles with little regard for its neighbors, for the communities it’s affecting, or for the workers it will be employing. Workers – and Angelenos – deserve better.


We’ll be praying with our feet downtown on Thursday, September 5, at 11am in Pershing Square. We’ll be marching to the Chinatown Walmart location at Cesar E. Chavez and Grand and calling on Walmart to do right buy the 60 workers who’ve been fired and disciplined. 

We need your wisdom, your liturgical traditions, and your faith tradition’s insight to truly bear witness to our shared commitment to worker justice. Please also contact Pastor Bridie Roberts if you are interested in opportunities to nonviolently pursue a deeper commitment to this issue.ImageImage


Immigration reform supporters, opponents rally at Rep. Miller’s office

Immigration reform supporters, opponents rally at Rep. Miller’s office

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Scores of advocates on both sides of the national immigration issue converged Friday at the office of a local congressman to rally their causes.

About two dozen immigration reform advocates from the Justice for Immigration Coalition are asking Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to support legislation that would allow a path for citizenship for 11 million undocumented citizens.

“I’m here in support of a new law on immigration because the one that we have does not answer the needs of the people,” said San Bernardino County Diocese Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio Del Riego, who came on behalf of the diocese in support of immigration reform. “We need a new law on immigration that is comprehensive, not piece by piece, and includes the path to citizenship and contributes to the unity of families.”

Benjamin Wood, an organizer with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, and the Rancho Cucamonga Day Laborers, had a petition signed by nearly 700 in San Bernardino County to show the congressman “how much the folks in his district support immigration reform.”

“There’s too many people living in the shadows, and it’s time for people to participate fully in a society that they’ve been a part of for a number of years,” Wood said.

Also at Miller’s office on Friday were about two dozen supporters of legal immigration and jobs for American workers. Among them were anti-illegal immigration advocates, including those from the Claremont-based We The People California’s Crusader, who are against legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to become citizens.

Vicky Arzaga-Chapman of Rancho Cucamonga is involved with the group.

“I understand that they want citizenship,” said Arzaga-Chapman. “I’m Filipino and I have a lot of friends who became legal U.S. citizens, but you have to go about it the right way. I don’t begrudge any of them, but they need to go the legal route, and I’m not talking about changing the laws to have them become citizens.”

Rancho Cucamonga resident John Batten, who was with the group of anti-illegal immigration advocates, said he was rallying for American workers.

“We have over 22 million unemployed Americans and American veterans. I want to see them get jobs, not somebody who comes across the border illegally. I’m all for immigration — that’s what made this country great. We have to have legal immigration and we need jobs for Americans.”

Chris Marsh, district director for Miller, said the congressman agrees “the system is badly broken in need of fixing” but is focusing on two priorities right now as far as the immigration debate goes.

Marsh said Miller’s priorities are “making sure American jobs are preserved for American workers,” and to strengthen the nation’s borders and coastlines.

“Once those priorities are met, we can discuss all other aspects of the immigration debate,” Marsh said.

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Evangelicals urge immigration action

Evangelicals urge immigration action

WASHINGTON – Evangelical leaders from Orange County and around the nation converged on the Capitol Wednesday as part of a greater effort to persuade House members to pass an overhaul of immigration law. The rally followed a morning of prayer and song and dance at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, two blocks from the Capitol.
The group had scheduled meetings with staff members of Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, and dropped in on Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine, whom the group had met with in April.
Article Tab: From left to right, Pastor Mike McClenahan of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; Glen Peterson, regional director of World Relief in Garden Grove; and Rev. Fernando Tamara of Orange County First Assembly in Santa Ana, walk to meet with local members of Congress. Evangelical leaders from around the country rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to urge action on immigration reform.
From left to right, Pastor Mike McClenahan of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; Glen Peterson, regional director of World Relief in Garden Grove; and Rev. Fernando Tamara of Orange County First Assembly in Santa Ana, walk to meet with local members of Congress. Evangelical leaders from around the country rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to urge action on immigration reform.
“We feel pleased with the meetings,” said Wendy Tarr, director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of Orange County. “Royce expressed gratitude for us being there. … The things we’ve been hearing from everyone’s offices are that they are hopeful that something is going to happen, and it’s going to be hard but they’re working on it. We talked with Darrell Issa’s staff, and we think that we have allies in California.”
Tarr was joined by Rev. Fernando Tamara of Orange County First Assembly of God in Santa Ana; Glen Peterson, regional director of World Relief in Garden Grove; Pastor Mike McClenahan of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; and David Jamies, an intern at World Relief Southern California. The group pleaded that it was time for Congress to act, although they supported no specific legislation.
“There’s an urgency, a moral urgency,” said Tamara. “And we don’t have a lot of tools to alter your decisions, but we are here, we are immigrants, we are pastors, and we want to establish a relationship with you. We can work together.”
Wednesday’s event was sponsored by the Evangelical Immigration Table, an informal group of evangelical leaders advocating specific immigration principles. More than 300 leaders participated, from 27 states.
“There’s so much rhetoric that is divisive that keeps you from thinking about a commonsense solution,” said McClenahan. “Let’s just get something done. There’s no perfect solution, but doing something is better than doing nothing.”
During Congress’ recess from Aug. 5 to Sept. 9, the Southern California evangelical group plans to team with local law enforcement and business groups to attend town halls and organize events urging congressional action.
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Action Alert: New Management At Nava’s Car Wash Ignores Union Contract!


Action Alert: New Management at Nava’s Car Wash Ignores Union Contract!

We need your help this week! One of our union carwashes in South LA is under new management and refuses to acknowledge that this is a union shop. The new owners have attempted to force the union out and have fired some of the union workers. The workers have fought so hard to win a union contract here and we can’t lose one of the only union carwashes that exists in LA. Please join us on the picket line this Thursday and Saturday in support of the carwasheros and carwasheras and their families.

Come out for an hour or the whole day. We need your support!

WHAT: Picket at Navas Carwash
WHEN: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 6/14-16, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Formerly Nava’s Carwash, NW Corner of Florence and Hoover in South LA, 90044
CONTACT: Rosemarie Molina,

Fast Against the Firing- San Jose and Oakland

Fired Immigrant Workers & Supporters Launch a 3-day Hunger Strike to Oppose the Silent Raids & to Support the Right of People to Work and Feed their Families.  Over two dozen people fasting: workers, faith leaders, supporters.
Join the Fast.  Visit the Fasters.  Take Action.
  •  Tuesday, June 11th, @ Cesar Chavez Park, S. Market St., San Jose
  •  Wednesday, June 12th,@ Mi Pueblo Market, 1630 High St., Oakland
  • Thursday, June 13th, Oakland Federal Bldg. 1301 Clay St., Oakland.
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